Shadow Quilt Installation :Temple of Whollyness

  • Created a textile shade installation in the pavilion of the Temple of Whollyness at Burning Man 2013. Used 75% shade cloth and laser-cut geometric appliquéd canvas to create opaque and translucent shade quilts, letting in varied amounts of light.  A collaboration with artists Bonnie Reiss and Abi Kelly (the three of us are known as the Shady Ladies), we worked together to design the patterns and to machine sew the appliqué panels on each of the quilts. We worked in collaboration with the Temple of Whollyness project, bringing a shade and textile component to the modular pyramid structure (64 feet high and 115 feet square at the base), composed entirely of interlocking plywood, with no wooden fasteners, screws or nails.  The quilts tattooed the ground with sun patterns that shifted throughout the day. There are twenty shade quilt panels, each is fifteen by fifteen feet, and they surrounded the pavilion at the base of the Temple pyramid.  The panels were installed fifteen feet above the ground. The designs on the quilt panels are inspired by traditional quilt patterns, rosette windows and geometric Tibetan walking meditation paths. This Textile Shade Quilt project was sewn in a warehouse in Oakland, installed in the desert of Burning Man, and deinstalled before the Temple burned. The panels will continue to tattoo the ground next season at other events in the festival circuit.
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